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[Comment] A global perspective on hypertension: a Commission

Despite extensive knowledge about how to prevent and treat hypertension, it has been the number one killer in the world for more than 10 years. Elevated blood pressure is the principal risk factor for cardiovascular diseases worldwide,1,2 affecting one billion individuals globally.2 It is the cause of 54% of strokes and 47% cases of ischaemic heart disease, and is responsible for 7·6 million premature deaths per year (ie, 13·5% of all deaths worldwide) and 92 million disability-adjusted life-years.